|Posted on October 5, 2009 at 7:23 AM|
On Tuesday, the world No. 5 del Potro will open his stay here against France's Edouard Roger-Vasselin, while the reigning champion Berdych will face Japanese crowd favorite Go Soeda. The Day-2 schedule will also feature matches for last week's Bangkok titlist Gilles Simon, of France, and former world No. 1 star Lleyton Hewitt, with both players facing Japanese opponents. The Aussie Hewitt was the Japan Open titlist in 2001.
Order of Play - Tuesday, October 6, 2009
CENTER COURT Matches Start At: 10:00 AM
(ITF Women's match)
Kimiko DATE-KRUMM (JPN) vs Ksenia LYKINA (RUS)
ATP Tatsuma ITO (JPN) vs Lleyton HEWITT (AUS)
ATP Juan Martin DEL POTRO (ARG) vs Edouard ROGER-VASSELIN(FRA)
ATP Jurgen MELZER (AUT) vs Leonardo MAYER (ARG)
ATP Go SOEDA (JPN) vs Tomas BERDYCH (CZE)
ATP Gilles SIMON (FRA) vs Takao SUZUKI (JPN)
Defending champion and fifth seed Tomas Berdych earned a comfortable victory over Japanese wild card Go Soeda 6-2, 6-4 in 70 minutes to improve to a 31-21 season record. Last month the 24 year old helped the Czech Republic to its first Davis Cup final by defeating Croatia in the semi-finals. In May, he captured his fifth career ATP World Tour title in at the BMW Open in Munich (d. Youzhny). Japanese No. 1 Soeda, 25, has also made first round exits at the Aircel Chennai Open and Indianapolis Tennis Championships this year.
Tomas is through to second round. Well done Champ.
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2009 US Open champ del Potro and 2008 Tokyo runner-up knocked out of Japan Open
Del Potro stunned in Tokyo opener
By Sports Network
Playing his first match since winning the U.S. Open last month, top-seeded Argentine star Juan Martin del Potro was stunned by French qualifier Edouard Roger-Vasselin, 6-4, 6-4, in first-round action at the $1.226 million Japan Open.
Del Potro, last year's Tokyo runner-up to Czech Tomas Berdych, lost to a player who was participating in only his third main-draw match (1-2) of 2009. The 25-year-old Roger-Vasselin, who is currently ranked 189th in the world, hadn't won at ATP-level match since July of last year.
It was last month when del Potro captured the biggest title of his career by dethroning Roger Federer in five sets at the U.S. Open, snapping the super Swiss' 40-match winning streak at the tournament. Yet, on Tuesday, del Potro couldn't solve Roger-Vasselin, who saved all six break points he faced.
Meanwhile, third-seeded Frenchman Gilles Simon stayed hot with a 6-3, 6-4 handling of Japanese wild card Takao Suzuki, a fifth-seeded and reigning Tokyo champion Berdych blasted Japanese wild card Go Soeda 6-2, 6-4, and eighth- seeded Lleyton Hewitt topped Japanese wild card Tatsuma Ito 6-1, 7-5. Simon is fresh off his title in Bangkok last week. The former world No. 1 Hewitt captured this Tokyo event back in 2001.
In other Day-2 action, Austrian Jurgen Melzer bested Argentine Leonardo Mayer 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 and 36-year-old Frenchman Fabrice Santoro outlasted Kazakhstan's Andrey Golubev 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-2), 6-2 at Ariake Colosseum.
The 2009 Tokyo champ will claim $300,000.
Tomas Berdych <3
Defending champion Tomas Berdych, who beat Del Potro in last year's final, thrashed
Japan's Go Soeda 6-2 6-4 to give the Czech fifth seed a solid start to his title defense.
Fifth seed Tomas Berdych beat local boy Go Soeda 6-2 6-4